Adjust your driving to winter weather conditions

On this first day of winter, your Orangeville Police Service reminds motorists to drive defensively and exercise caution as weather conditions transition into the winter months.

As the weather changes our driving habits must also change to help keep our roadways safe for both motorists and pedestrians.

Of the 331 reported motor vehicle collisions from January 1 to September 30 this year, close to 30% occurred from January to the end of March. Collisions occurred most often between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm. The days of the week that saw the highest number of collisions were Tuesdays and Fridays.

“By adjusting driving habits to suit weather and road conditions, there is a high probability that many of these collisions could have been avoided”, said Constable Scott Davis. “Reducing your speed and increasing the distance between the vehicle ahead of you, greatly increases a driver’s reaction time”.

The top three intersections where collisions occurred so far in 2017 are Broadway and C Line, Broadway and Dawson Road and Broadway and Diane Drive.

With Environment Canada predicting larger amounts of snow this winter than in recent past winters, it will be crucial for motorists to drive according to the conditions.

Police also remind drivers to ensure windows and lights are clear before travelling, ensure vehicles are fit for winter driving, and that your vehicle has the appropriate amount of fuel to reach your destination.

Road safety is a shared responsibility. The Orangeville Police Service thanks the members of our community for doing their part to help keep our roadways safe!

Your Orangeville Police Service wishes you safe travels and a happy holiday season!

Posted on December 21, 2017